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Proposals for more Med colleges in State

Proposals for more Med colleges in State
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Proposals For More Med Colleges In State. As the demand for medical education has been on the rise, many private professional institutes are now...

As the demand for medical education has been on the rise, many private professional institutes are now coming up to start medical colleges. According to official information, eight more proposals for starting colleges from next academic year i.e. 2014-15 itself.

The proposed colleges are: GITAM at Visakhapatnam, Gayatri at Visakhapatnam, Viswabharathi at Kurnool; Venkateswara Educational Institute at Chittoor and four from Hyderabad viz Nimra, Augustus, Simran and Ayyan. State government, after perusing their applications, has issued ‘Essentiality Certificates’ for the proposals. This means, their proposals were cleared at State level.

A high-powered committee from the Medical Council of India (MCI) is expected to visit the colleges either in the last week of February or first week of March, according to a top official of the government-appointed committee. It may be mentioned here that the word of MCI is final with regard to establishment of medical colleges in the country. The MCI panel would submit a report on each of the proposals to their highest body, which would, during a meeting in April, take a final view of the proposals.
Sources in Department of Medical Education told The Hans India that GITAM, Viswabharthi and Venkateswara Institute may not have any problem since they have enough infrastructural facilities. If all the eight institutes are given permission, as many as 1,000 seats would be available for State students, officials said. If this materialises, the total number of medical seats in the state would go up to 7,000.
As Andhra Pradesh enjoys special status under Article 371-D, all the medical seats will be filled up with the students of the state.
Meanwhile, the last date for submission of proposals for fee enhancement by private medical colleges has been extended to January 18. The fee hike, which should have been done, last year itself, has not taken place as the colleges unanimously urged the Admissions and Fee Regulatory Committee (AFRC) and the state government to defer it for 2014.
The colleges have been demanding a steep hike of 30 per cent in fee and also a 10 per cent inflationary adjustment annually. They have also proposed an alternative of common fee but it was nixed.
At present, the fee structure is: Rs 60,000 under convener quota-general; Rs 2.40 lakh for convener quota in private colleges and Rs 5.50 lakh- management quota.
The state government has agreed to provide 15 per cent out of the 40 per cent of seats in management quota for NRIs. This led to windfall of money for private colleges. Allegations of selling off seats to a whopping amount of Rs 60-80 lakhs were also made.
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